January 29, 2008 03:37:12pm
Re: Nazi post redux
I recently received this e-mail regarding the Creativity sect material above.
Thank you for your email. As to the question of copyright ownership of Creativity materials - i.e. book, audio and film, it can be said that ownership is with all and every adherent of Creativity. Copyright ownership of video of Ben Klassen and Matt Hale was owned by the Church of the Creator and the World Church of the Creator respectively. However, as neither organization, group or church exists now as it was, ownership now defaults to ALL adherents of Creativity. Provided of course that the content and the essential message of the videos are not altered. The same can be said for most if not all audio productions.
Books on the other hand are a different matter. Ben Klassen as the author of the original books of Creativity was the copyright holder. Upon his death, copyright ownership would naturally have graduated to his heirs - in this case his daughter. Although Ben Klassen's daughter has never relinquished her right to copyright ownership, she has also never attempted to abrogate the rights of Creators to spread Creativity via print and distribution of the books. Ben Klassen's motto was "A White Man's Bible in every house," and as Creativity is NOT a moneymaking or get rich quick scheme, sharing the books electronically is just another method that has been put into operation since Klassen's death. The only stipulation that Ben Klassen gave, was that "Our books remain inviolate." i.e. You may distribute the books to your heart's content - in fact Ben Klassen ORDERED the books of Creativity to be distributed - as long as they are never altered.
The Truth About 9/11, by Matt Hale is in more or less the same category, as Matt Hale demanded and expects that the book be distributed freely. In fact, it is sometimes printed in pamphlet form and given away. Matt Hale is alive and well, and even though incarcerated in a prison he refuses to abrogate the right of Creators to distribute his book, The Truth About 9/11 in any way or form that we can. Even so, any profits made from book sales SHOULD be sent to Hale's parents.
Festum Album was written by Reverend John King of the World Church of the Creator FOR the World Church of the Creator. Therefore copyright ownership of Festum Album was with the World Church of the Creator (which no longer exists) and NOT with John King. Just as for other Creator materials, Festum Album is available for all and every adherent of Creativity to distribute whenever and however he can - providing the contents remain "inviolate."
Bear in mind that Creativity is a religion. Anything written or recorded for the benefit of Creativity is absorbed by the religion to become a new (and often an essential) aspect of the religion of Creativity. Can not the same be said for all aspects of Christianity if it was to be put to the question of copyright ownership?
Therefore, to the extent which I am permitted, I give you permission to upload files found on the Creativity Alliance website to other servers, providing that the content remain inviolate.
Rev Thomas Darwin.
I think it would be reasonable to say that this is sufficient permission to allow the Creator books to be restored